BOKSBURG — SACP General-Secretary Blade Nzimande says the crisis in the ANC-led alliance might continue to deepen if the leaders remain inward-looking.
Nzimande was delivering the keynote address at the SACP’s two-day national Imbizo which is being held in Boksburg in Ekurhuleni. The Imbizo will discuss challenges confronting government and the ruling alliance. It is also being attended by senior members of the ANC, including ANC Secretary-General, Gwede Mantashe.
Nzimande had harsh words for those within the ANC who criticise alliance partners for speaking out, saying the SACP cannot be told not to talk about the ANC “as if ANC is private property of individuals.” The SACP has called on President Jacob Zuma to step down.
The SACP leader has added the alliance will not succeed in its efforts of correcting its wrongs, if it shuts out voices that are outside the alliance.
Nzimande said if society is not mobilised to immediately confront rot, including state capture, the government might soon turn into a “gangster state.”
Meanwhile, Mantashe has admitted the ANC is going through a difficult time and that the party must admit its mistakes if it is to root out corruption.
On the booing of leaders, including President Jacob Zuma, at COSATU’s May Day events, Mantashe pointed out that he was not booed and said he “did not ‘mantashe’”. The term has become slang for doing an about-turn and refers to Mantashe’s severe criticism of Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle, with him later saying the ANC accepted Zuma’ apology for not consulting the party.